Automated people mover (APM) systems consist of automated, electric-powered, driverless vehicles operated singly or in multi-car trains on steel or concrete guideways. APM systems provide a high quality of service and are capable of moving between 2,000 to 25,000 passengers per hour per direction. Over the past two decades, APM technology has been used primarily for circulation service in airports, recreational parks and downtowns. APM technology is also used for trunk line transit service, such as the VAL system in Lille, France, and the SkyTrain in Vancouver, Canada, both of which are significantly successful. This paper attempts to investigate the capacity and cost effectiveness of line-haul APM systems to identify their role in intermodal guideway transit systems. Comparison of the capacity and cost effectiveness is made between rapid rail transit (RRT), light rail transit (LRT) and line-haul APM systems. It was found that the capital costs of line-haul APM systems fall in the cost range of LRT systems or between LRT and RRT systems. Comparison of passenger-km per employee ratios shows that line-haul APM systems studied have significantly higher productivity than both LRT and RRT systems in the US. It may be concluded that line-haul APM systems can be used as a cost-effective medium-capacity transit mode with a high quality of service. (A) For the covering abstract see IRRD 882109.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 103-10

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  • Accession Number: 00726490
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-947719-74-1
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1996 12:00AM